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Americans across the nation celebrate Fourth of July

The United States celebrates its birth with relaxation, parades and fireworks

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New York City

Spectators watch a fireworks display on the east side of Manhattan.

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St. Louis

Fireworks illuminate the night sky near the Gateway Arch.

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New York City

Fireworks from the Annual Macy's 4th of July fireworks display explode in the sky near Manhattan as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey.

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Washington, D.C.

Boaters on the Potomac River in Washington watch the fireworks display on the National Mall.

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New York City

Spectators watch fireworks explode over the East River. 

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Washington, D.C.

Fireworks explode over the Lincoln Memorial and U.S. Capitol. 

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Bristol, Rhode Island

Members of U.S. Officer Candidate School march in the 233rd Bristol 4th of July Celebration and Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade. 

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San Gabriel, California

A man waves the U.S. flag while driving his classic car during a Fourth of July parade.

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Newberry, South Carolina.

A boy rides a toy firetruck during the 16th annual Harper Street Parade. 

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San Gabriel, California

The flag is carried by Boy Scouts during a parade. 

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San Gabriel, California

A girl makes bubbles during a Fourth of July parade. 

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Provo, Utah

Participants in the Mormon Building Bridges float wave U.S. and Pride flags during the Freedom Festival's Grand Parade. 

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New York City

People attend the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. 

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Bristol, Rhode Island

Members of the Bristol County Fife and Drum Corps march in the 233rd Bristol Fourth of July Celebration and Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade. 

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Mount Vernon, Virginia

Historical re-enactors arrive on the green at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. 

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Avondale Estates, Georgia

Boy Scouts march in the Avondale Estates Fourth of July Parade. 

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Odessa, Texas

Jeannie Dominguez claps while holding her 2-year-old chihuahua, Diamond, next to her 14-year-old granddaughter Natalee Dominguez. 

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Barnstable, Massachusetts

Children in costumes march down Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod. 

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Avondale Estates, Georgia

A Vietnam War veteran participates in the Avondale Estates Fourth of July Parade. 

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Mount Vernon, Virginia

A field of U.S. flags in front of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. 

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Snow Camp, North Carolina

The Snow Camp community gathers for the annual Fourth of July parade. 

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